Anaesthesia Information Management System
Rapid-Record makes the task of record keeping easier, faster, neater, and more accurate than a manual written record, and at the same time, allows the user complete control over what appears on the final record.
Many of the currently available Anesthesia Information systems end up costing $10,000-$30,000 per OR (operating room). They also require a high yearly maintenance fee. Hospital administrators are rightfully concerned, and ask for a justification. While AIMS may facilitate billing procedures and improve pharmacy capture, it will be difficult to show a "cost savings" that justifies this kind of expenditure. Depending on the hardware you want to use, Rapid Record usually cost less than $5000 per OR (including hardware). This lower cost also makes it the ideal choice for smaller hospitals, and affordable for the individual and office based practitioners.
Rapid Record was not written as a billing and quality management tool, and is not networked with the hospital’s information system so installation and maintenance costs are kept to a minimum.
Medical Legal Aspects
While one can argue that a neater, more complete and accurate record can help you better defend yourself in a malpractice case, many anesthesia providers worry that erroneous data might appear on the record. Rapid Record was written such that the user has complete control over what appears on the final record. Data artifacts are easily removed and/or edited without a paper trail. Only the data that appears on the printed record is saved.
Rapid Record also incorporates features to make it easier to comply with medical supervision requirements, reducing the possibility of Medicare penalties for fraudulent billing. Hospital administrators will like the fact that the Joint Commission has been very complementary of the Rapid Record final report.
Ease of Use
The most import feature of Rapid Record throughout development has been ease of use. It was imperative that any task performed with the traditional paper record, had to be easier and faster with the automated record. I have looked at a number of record keeper programs on the market, and believe that Rapid Record is 2 to 3 times faster at entering non-captured data such as drugs, fluids, staff, procedures, and comments.
For instance, a single mouse click (or keystroke) records the anesthesia start time and enters a predefined patient arrival note. A second mouse click records the name, time, and amount of the user's preferred IV solution. The program itself is very intuitive and requires minimal training. Without a doubt, you will spend more time with your patient, and less time chart keeping.